Travis Kruger

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Travis Kruger, Co-Founder of Crooked Thumb Brewery has been immersed in the craft and specialty import segment of the beer industry around Central Florida since 2000. He started as a brewer with a now defunct local brewpub chain and then managed operations for a small local brewery in Dunedin, Florida. From there he moved on to manage sales and marketing for industry leader Cigar City Brewing. All of this experience equipped Travis to conceptualize and execute Safety Harbor’s first craft brewery focused on an amazing experience for the residents and visitors of Safety Harbor and Pinellas County.

Travis’ approach to brewing is focused on creating ales and lagers that arrive at the right time for any drinker’s palate. Having been in the beer industry for almost two decades in various roles Crooked Thumb’s offerings are in line with not only what the market has dictated, but also what is lacking. With a deep overall appreciation of the craft of brewing, Travis has studied brewing practices and beers produced throughout the world by brewers near and far, even monks!  He uses this knowledge almost daily to help the crew of Crooked Thumb develop exciting, experimental liquids with an emphasis on utilizing local ingredients and giving a nod to the culture of Pinellas county where he grew up.